The Tubes: “Prime Time” (1979)

[Kronomyth 5.1]
Fee-Re run.

Apparently, it wasn’t enough that Utopia sounded like Todd Rundgren, now The Tubes had to too. “Prime Time” has all the earmarks of a Rundgren ballad, rendered in synthetic disco with Re Styles joining Fee on lead vocals. The album track “No Way Out” appears on the backside and at least rocks out a little, though again the Utopia comparisons hold. Remote Control is actually a really good record, but “Prime Time” may be the least interesting thing about it. The band also recorded a video for this, featuring Fee and Re in a reprise of their “Don’t Touch Me There” roles.

Original 7-inch single version
A1. Prime Time (Bill Spooner/Roger Steen/Prairie Prince/Vince Welnick/Michael Cotton/Rick Anderson/Re Styles) (3:14)
B1. No Way Out (Bill Spooner/Roger Steen/Prairie Prince/Vince Welnick/Michael Cotton/Rick Anderson/Re Styles) (3:26)

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch single and 7-inch picture disc in April 1979 in the US and Canada (A&M, 2120-S), the UK (A&M, AMS/AMSP-7423) and the Netherlands (A&M, AMS-6885) with picture sleeve; reached #34 on the UK charts (charted on April 28, 1979 for 10 weeks). Also released as promotional 12-inch single in 1979 in the US (A&M, SP-17068).

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